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National Veterans Resource Squad

The Volunteers of America National Veterans Resource Squad is a group of 17 Volunteers of America employees who are also veterans, or active members of the military, and are trained as veteran peer support specialists. They are leading Volunteers of America's efforts to reach at-risk veterans through suicide prevention, peer mentoring, and community resource navigation.

As Melvyn Romero, Navy Veteran, Active Army Reserves and employee of Volunteers of America Greater New York says, "I think there there is a civilian community that is very passionate about helping the veterans but sometimes you need another veteran's ear in order to feel comfortable and that's what we're doing here.

"Volunteers of America has a very passionate group of men and women here that have served in the military that want to now take that service and serve the veterans that need our help. Our motto in the military is "leave no man behind" and that's what we're doing here."

Meet Some of the Squad

  • Renee Adam

    U.S. Army Veteran, Volunteers of America Colorado

    "When thinking about the meaning of being a veteran, I always think about a quote from John F. Kennedy, 'Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.' I also think of determination and bravery when faced with the unknown."

  • Alan Chase

    U.S. Navy Veteran, Volunteers of America Western Washington

    "Being a veteran means everything to me. It is the first thing I identify myself as in any situation. I was proud to serve in OEF/OIF and to follow in the footsteps of the many family members before me who have answered the call of service."

  • Ramon Gonzales

    U.S. Air Force Veteran, Volunteers of America Texas

    "I'm grateful for the opportunity to have been of service to the country and hopeful that I did as much as I could for those around me."

  • Robert Hopper

    U.S. Army Veteran, Volunteers of America Illinois

    "To me, it means that I made a commitment to serve my country that didn't end when my service ended. I'll never forget my training battalion motto: Mission first, people always. That sums up what being a veteran means to me."

  • Bill Jaggers

    U.S. Navy Veteran, Volunteers of America Mid-States

    "I am proud of the Navy I served in for 20 years - both its traditions and core values. Serving has helped me to 'grow up' in many ways and made me (I feel) a link in the chain which has protected the freedoms of our country."

  • Mike Merrill

    U.S. Marine Corps Veteran and Maine Army National Guard, Volunteers of America Northern New England

    "To me, being a veteran means selfless service, loyalty, honor, courage, and commitment to placing the completion of the mission first....ALWAYS being Faithful (Semper Fi) to 'The Cause'...Walking the walk and not just Talking to talk."

  • Shawn Noles

    U.S. Air Force Veteran, Volunteers of America Florida

    "For me personally, it was an honor to serve our country. I was most proud of the commitment that was given day after day, no questions asked. It also means answering the call when service was needed."

  • Melvyn Romero

    U.S. Navy Veteran, Volunteers of America Greater New York

    "I was 17 when I joined the Navy. I left a boy and returned home a man. I believe that being a veteran is more than parades and posters; it's that feeling of honor, integrity, and professionalism that is instilled in you for your lifetime."